Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal Sunday lamented the meagre allocation of funds for the judiciary.
Laying the foundation stone of Rs 82 crore complex for Saddar Court at Moominabad in Bemina area of the city, he told reporters, "The existing complex is a makeshift court. The New complex should be completed in earnest."
Justice Sabharwal also expressed unhappiness over the "small allocation of funds for the judiciary in the country."
Recalling the inauguration ceremony of the High Court complex in Srinagar in 1978, he said, "At that time it was told that land will soon be identified for a Saddar court complex. It has taken 28 years and I hope completion of work is done much sooner".
Early completion of the complex was necessary for speeding up clearing the long list of pending cases in the state courts, he said.
The Chief Justice was accompanied by Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court BA Khan.
The new complex of the Saddar court coming up on 11 hectares of land is expected to be completed in two phases with the first phase scheduled to be completed in two years. The second phase is expected to be completed in four years.
The complex will have 24 courts for district judges including the principal district and sessions judge, 14 courts for subjudges, 21 courts for munsiffs and four Lok Adalats.
The complex will also have an administrative section, a judges' conference hall with a seating capacity of 100 persons and an auditorium.